Why mental flexibility beats mental toughness

Leaders and management consultants often try to invoke a spirit of mental toughness in their employees and audiences. And certainly, a measure of persistence and resilience is a good thing and necessary for growth and confidence.

What often gets overlooked however, is the idea of mental flexibility.

Mental toughness allows you to pick yourself up after running into a brick wall and run at the wall again without any loss of enthusiasm.

Mental flexibility however, allows you to look for a door, or a window, or a way under or around the wall, or to build a ladder, or to use a bulldozer…etc…etc…

Too often we point to a lack of motivation as the reason for failure, when it’s just as likely to be a lack of creativity.